Hacking Too Close to Home: Why the Vermont Electric Grid “Laptop” Malware Matters

January 02, 2017

The recent political furor over state sponsored hacking took an ugly and dangerous turn, on the morning of December 30th when a tiny Vermont electric utility reported that Grizzly Steppe – the spear-fishing process used to access DNC emails – had been found on one of their systems.

Vermont Governor, Peter Shumlin issued a statement accusing Vladimir Putin of attempting to hack Vermont’s electrical grid, and many others follow suit.

And there appears to be a good chance that the malicious code found on a Burlington Electric laptop is evidence of a state sponsored cyberattack.

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